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The Transition Handbook

The Transition Handbook From oil dependency to local resilience
Rob Hopkins Green Books 2008 Pbck; 240pp

Now available in Cultivate's shop (and in our online shop )

The transition Handbook is also available from www.transition

“The concept of energy descent, and of the Transition approach, is a simple one: that the future with less oil could be preferable to the present, but only if sufficient creativity and imagination are applied early enough in the design of this transition.”

Here's what people are saying about The Transition Handbook, out now. 

  “This book by the visionary architect of the Transition movement is a must-read labelled immediate. Growing numbers with their microscopes trained on peak oil are convinced that we have very little time to engineer resilience into our communities before the last energy crisis descends. This issue should be of urgent concern to every person who cares about their children, and all who hope there is a viable future for human civilisation post-petroleum.”

––  Jeremy Leggett, Founder of SolarCentury and author of The Carbon War and Half Gone

 Click here for a review of this book by Graham Strouts on Zone 5

Read more: The Transition Handbook

Ministerial Launch at ENFO

ENFO and Cultivate would like to invite you to the launch of ‘Skilling Up For Powerdown’ by Minister Eamon Ryan in ENFO, Monday 4th February at 4pm, 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2.  Cultivate Centre's ‘Skilling Up For Powerdown’ exhibit and programme of films and workshops is on throughout the month of February. The full programme is at

All welcome.

RSVP :: Aoife Quinn :: Aoife.Quinn[at]

Volunteers for the Powerdown TV Show

Cultivate are currently producing a television programme called the Powerdown TV Show to be broadcast on Dublin Community Television. DCTV is an exciting new community television station in Dublin, scheduled to launch in April 2008. The TV programme will also be produced as a DVD and used as a resource in the Powerdown course.

The Powerdown TV Show itself, is a series of ten twenty minute programmes, which aims to inform individuals and groups in the community that climate change and energy scarcity are the critical issues of our time and that they do affect our lives now. The ten programmes, which will follow the themes of the Powerdown course, will outline the issues from different perspectives, and will arm viewers with the knowledge to understand the connection between everyday life, climate change and energy scarcity.  The programmes will be educational, exploring solutions and encouraging responses at the individual, community and national level.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help transcribe videoed interviews with the key thinkers in the fields of climate change and peak oil. There will also be other opportunities to help out as we go in to production.

If you are interested in getting involved email Rob at powerdowntv[at]

Transition Town Kinsale : Updates

Transition Town Kinsale
Working today for a sustainable tomorrow
The world's first Transition Town!

Transition Town Kinsale is a voluntary community initiative working to help make the transition from a dependency on fossil fuel to a low carbon future.

Transition Town Kinsale :: Spring Fair 2008


Following the success of last year’s event, TTK will hold another Spring Fair this year on Saturday 29th March. Numerous activities will take place including a sustainable market, car boot sale, workshops in composting and bicycle maintenance, films, children’s events and an evening of music, drama and comedy in the cob and cordwood amphitheatre of Kinsale Further Education College.

For updates see or contact info[at]


Read more: Transition Town Kinsale : Updates

Transition Training

Friday May 9th, 19.30 - 21.30
Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th - 10.00 - 17.00  
Venue – Cultivate Centre. Cost - €110 (Includes light lunch) 

With the exponential growth in Transition Initiatives around the world, the need has rapidly arisen for training in the basics of the approach for new communities coming on board. In May of this year a weekend course will take place in Ireland with Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks, who are both long-term contributors to Transition Town Totnes' initiative.

The course is designed to give a detailed introduction to the most important skills necessary to successfully set up, develop, and run a Transition project in your locality. It is designed for people who are already in a group working to achieve this, or are thinking of creating such a group.

Read more: Transition Training

Convergence 13: Transition Strategies

Post Carbon Cities, Transition Towns and Eco-Villages 

3rd to the 7th of April 2008


Attention climate activists, community workers, environmentalists, academics, change agents and cultural creatives, if you are at the leading edge of sustainability, or want to be, then this festival is not to be missed. There are only 100 tickets available for this timely event.  

Convergence brings together people and ideas to explore how communities can build resilience in a future of energy and climate uncertainty.


• The Community Powerdown Symposium, two days of workshops and discussion

• Lecture by Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities

• Film and talk with Megan Quinn Bachman, Community Solutions, Ohio, the co-writer and co-director of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

• Fantastic networking opportunities 

*Festival Pass is valid for all festival events. Tickets are non- transferable and discounts cannot be combined. 

Read more: Convergence 13: Transition Strategies

Transition Network Ireland Meeting

First Network Meeting For Transition Initiatives in Ireland
Saturday 5th April | 18.30 – 20.00 | €Free * Cultivate Centre

A special networking meeting for communities involved or interested in
Transition initiatives in Ireland will take place at Cultivate 

If you are involved in a community-led initiative and would like to get involved contact Davie at Cultivate 01 6745773.

The mission of this network is to inspire; to encourage; to network; to support and to train communities as they as they consider, adopt, adapt and implement the transition model in their locale.

The transition model helps communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question. ‘For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to: significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change)?’


Cultivate Job Offer

Cultivate Powerdown Programme

The Cultivate Living and Learning Centre is seeking applications for a new position in the administration and development of the Cultivate Powerdown Programme

This is an opportunity to work in an exciting and creative environment. The successful candidate will ideally have the following qualities: 

  • A relevant third level qualification or experience
  • Excellent organisational and budgeting skills
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Administration experience
  • Computer literate

Interested candidates should forward a CV and letter of interest explaining why they would be suitable for the position to: 

Ben Whelan - Director

Cultivate Centre, 15 – 19 Essex Street West, Temple Bar


The Community Powerdown Course 3.0

Wednesday Nights from February 27th | 7.30-9.30pm | €200 | NEW! Book online

A 10 week night class night class exploring how we respond to climate and energy uncertainty.

This popular Cultivate course aims to provide citizens and community leaders with a range of practical measures that can be taken at both individual and community level to reduce fossil fuel dependency and cut carbon dioxide emissions. Over the ten weeks, using short presentations, discussions and multimedia, participants will explore a more ethical and sustainable way of life that values efficiency, community and the conservation of natural resources.  Course fee includes a course note booklet and DVD. For full details contact powerdown[at]

Read more: The Community Powerdown Course 3.0

Skilling Up For Powerdown

Responding to climate and energy uncertainty

February 2008 at ENFO 

The Powerdown Exhibit

Cultivate’s colourful introduction to how we can respond to energy and climate uncertainty will be on display.  Produced in association with ENFO.

Renewable Energy Exhibit

A sample (Solar Thermal Heating) of Cultivate's Renewable Energy Exhibit developed in collaboration with SEI.

'Climate Warning' Animation

This four minute animation, specially developed by Irish artist Ben MacDonald, highlights our behaviour in regard to the environment.

Plus these free events:  ...

Read more: Skilling Up For Powerdown

Living Through the Energy Crises - Preparing for a Low-Energy World

living through the energy crises book A new booklet has published in Ireland for ASPO:

Living Through the Energy Crises- Preparing for a Low-Energy World by

Dr. Colin Campbell, founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, and Graham Strouts, Permaculture teacher at Kinsale Further Education Centre

Price: €10 +postage

To order, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bicycle Maintenance Workshop

Saturday 13th October  |  1.30 - 5.30pm  | €25  |  Limited to 15 participants

[NOTE that our catalogue lists this event on the 6th. The 13th is the correct date. Sorry for any inconvenience.]

Damien O’Tuama, cycle advocate and planner, runs this afternoon masterclass in bike maintenance. Participants should wear old clothes, bring your bike, tools & pump if you have them - but not essential.  Practical sessions include: basic tools, mending a puncture, mending brakes/ changing brake-pads and fixing gears.

'The Downside of Up' - Short Course

Tuesdays 25th Sept & 2nd Oct | 7.30-9.30pm | €40 |

A short FEASTA course with David Korowicz on how economic growth eats itself, the environment, and makes society poorer.  Explores the idea and operation of the global economy in the context of the wider eco-system in which it is situated. The continuing desire for economic growth, by its nature, will require ever more inputs of materials and energy. At the same time, it generates more and more waste such as greenhouse gasses. Is such an economy sustainable? Does it make us more content?  Indeed, what is an economy for? Will nature force a change? Are other forms of money creation possible?

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Company Profile

A Master Class with FUTERRA’s founder, Solitaire Townsend

Friday 19th October | 10am - 4pm | €300 (includes an organic lunch)

Create knowledge. Challenge beliefs. Inspire action. Learn how great communications have the power to do this.  Shareholders and the public are demanding far more responsibility from companies. How companies respond to the pressing issues of today, such as climate change, will position them for success or failure tomorrow.

Read more: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Company Profile

Community Powerdown Course

Learning to respond to Climate Change and Oil Depletion

Tuesdays from 9th Oct to 11th Dec | 7.30-9.30pm | €200

This popular Cultivate course aims to provide citizens and community leaders with a range of practical measures that can be taken at both individual and community level to reduce fossil fuel dependency and cut carbon dioxide emissions. Over the ten weeks, using short presentations, discussions and multimedia, participants will explore a more ethical and sustainable way of life that values efficiency, community and the conservation of natural resources.  Course fee includes a course note booklet and DVD.

Read more: Community Powerdown Course

The Personal Powerdown Course - Fall 06

Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change

Wednesday nights from 15th November to the 6th December | €50

Using the energy and climate crisis as an opportunity and catalyst for change this four week course will give participants an understanding of the emerging problem, help develop energy literacy and explore the possible responses we can make at as individuals. This is a pilot for the Powerdown Community Toolkit that the Cultivate Centre will be delivering next spring. The class will also be held in South Africa. Supported by Ireland Aid.

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